What vow was Paul adhering to when he had his hair cut?


Acts 18:18

AMP - 18 Afterward Paul remained many days longer, and then told the brethren farewell and sailed for Syria; and he was accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he [Paul] cut his hair, for he had made a vow.

Clarify Share Report Asked January 14 2014 Stringio Bren Stewart

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According to Matthew Henry's commentary: The cutting of hair according to Nazarite vow was those that lived in Judea were, in such a case, bound to do it at the temple: but those who lived in other countries might do it in other places. The Nazarite’s head was to be shaved when either his consecration was accidentally polluted, in which case he must begin again, or when the days of his separation were fulfilled (Num. 6:9 Num. 13:18 ), which, we suppose, was the case here. I tend to agree with Henry's analysis.

July 19 2014 Report

Ari Ariel HaNaviy

Paul taking a Nazarite vow according to Num chapter 6 is all well and good. The "pink elephant in the room" is WHY would he do this post-resurrection? Didn't sacrifices come to an end in Jesus?

September 14 2015 Report

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